Wednesday, September 20, 2006

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHT?

A GOOD FRIEND SENT THIS TO ME VIA EMAIL TODAY.
IT IS DEFINITELY A THOUGHT TO PONDER, BUT MORE SO
I AM CURIOUS TO KNOW:
WHAT IS YOUR LIGHT?

Seeing Your Perfection



September 19, 2006

Seeing Your Perfection
Letting Your Light Shine

We are each born into this world with unique gifts.
Within us is a glimmer of the divine,
a light that can potentially
make the world a more beautiful place.

But in many, that light lies dormant, snuffed out by fears and
feelings of inadequacy.

To spark it is to attract attention, face the
possibility of rejection or the responsibility of success, and risk being
labeled immodest. Yet when we undermine the light by hiding our aptitudes
and quashing our dreams, we deny ourselves and others a wealth of
experiences.

Your abilities are a part of who you are and when you take
pride in them, you affirm the love, esteem, and trust with which you view
yourself. Moreover, as you express the light within, you grant others
permission to do the same, freeing them to explore their own talents.

For some, we are taught to hide our light from the world since childhood.
Relatives caution us that the professions associated with our aptitudes
are unattainable.

Our peers may be envious of our skills and thus overly
critical of the activities we instinctively enjoy. And authority figures
admonish us to be humble and avoid showing off.

But there is a vast chasm
that separates those who let their light shine and those who seek only to
draw attention to themselves. When you dare to share your light with the
world, the beauty and perfection of your soul become clearly visible.

You become a whole being-the literal embodiment of your vast potential.
Whether you are a wonderful dancer, a first-rate cook, quick with numbers, or a
natural negotiator, you'll come to understand that you do the world no
favors when you hold yourself back.

If you have hidden your light for so long that it has shrunk to an ember,
make a list of everything you do well, however impractical, silly, or
seemingly inconsequential.

Then ask yourself how you can positively utilize
those abilities in your daily life. The gifts you were born with were not
granted to you arbitrarily.

While you may never discover what impact your light has had on others,
you can be certain that when you embrace your
talents and share them with others, you will spread illumination in the
world.

I HAVE OFTEN SHY'ED AWAY FROM QUESTIONS OF THIS SORT BECAUSE
I ALWAYS FELT THAT IT WAS BRAGGING, WHEN BEING HUMBLE SEEMED MORE APPEALING TO ME.
HOWEVER , NOW THAT I HAVE CHILDREN ESPECIALLY A DAUGHTER, I KNOW THAT THEY LEARN FROM EXAMPLE.
MY 3 BOYS ARE THE FIRST IN LINE TO TELL YOU THEIR STRENGTHS. SO TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR MY DAUGHTER I WILL STATE HERE THAT I FEEL MY LIGHT IS:

PHOTOGRAPHY, PARENTING, PAINTING.& PACKING A CAR

WHAT IS YOUR LIGHT?

2 comments:

Mega Mom said...

Gosh, I have so many, it is hard to narrow down :))) I never quash my lights.In fact if Brett doesn't compliment me, I just tell him myself how wonderful I am :)) I guess I'm doing ok with the boys too b/c they tell me how good they are at things :)

How are you love?

Chaotic Mom said...

My light? You and I sound a lot alike. I love photography, and am getting back to graphics. Of course, add the parenting, too. It's been awesome to share my passion of photography with my boys. THAT'S been the best result of me finding my "light" again. ;)